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Nov 6, 2012 4:00pm PST
, not only virginia but also florida in the southeast to be competitive in this race tonight, but that is not enough. as we move to the midwest he's going to have po pick off one of the key states in barack obama's fire wall, either ohio or wisconsin because you see what happens right there, if the president gets both ohio and wisconsin he only five votes away from an electoral lock. >> well, this is the difficult route that br has. he has to take the atlantic coasts sta s states and move i into the midwest and start picking off midwestern states. early in the night if he sees trouble in those, it's going to be a very difficult night for mitt romney. he has to win those three atlantic coast states. >> if he doesn't, if the president wins any one if we go back to the what if board in the middle. any one of these in play where he's ahead or tied he has 270 electoral votes. >> let's head off to richmond, virginia, with amy klobuchar robach. i know you're at a dnc headquarters. >> reporter: i'm wearing purple. it was completely coincidental but very appropriate because this is a
ABC
Nov 6, 2012 8:00pm PST
but this campaign has been counting on, quite frankly, florida or virginia to be called and, of course, ohio and they can see all of our coverage and all of the net works talking a lot about ohio but this room, they're politically clued in and knows that this campaign needs ohio. i'm tethered to the broadcast location but i haven't seen any of the top key advisers. they're sort of hunkered down as are the romneys. mitt and ann in a hotel room with the five boys and the grandchildren and paul ryan also here in boston. he's not in the room with the romneys. he and his wife and his mother who has been on the trail with him, they're staying at another hotel here in boston, not far from here but they're watching the returns come in separately. i have reached out to a couple of sources on the campaign and can tell you the night is not over. these states are very close along the east coast, florida, virginia, as i mentioned earlier, they're not ready to certainly concede anything, but they're also not terribly upbeat about the way the night is unfolding. >> to sharyn alfonsi in wisconsin and she's
ABC
Nov 5, 2012 3:00am PST
. >> so we've made real progress, florida, these past four years. >> reporter: the candidates and their running mates all made stops in the critical battleground state of ohio. of course, they had dueling messages for voters. >> i know what real change looks like. it's because i fought for it. it's because i delivered it. we can't give up on it now. >> you hope that president obama would live up to his promise to bring people together to solve big problems. but he hasn't, and i will. >> also on romney's schedule, pennsylvania. a traditionally democratic state that romney is making a play for. >> the people of america understand we're taking back the white house because we're going to win pennsylvania. >> as the rays for voters continues in florida, chaos for those trying to cast their ballots. >> let us vote! let us vote! >> so many voters showed up to a miami polling center it overwhelmed the employees who briefly closed it. still millions have voted in florida. tens of millions voted early nationwide. so now only one full day of campaigning left. mitt romney makes five stops
ABC
Nov 4, 2012 5:30pm PST
. we build, we aspire. we dream. we can do better. >> their bet is on your cynicism. but florida, my bet is on you and your hope. >> reporter: to appeal to undecided voters, sick of d.c. dysfunction, both candidates are cloaking themselves in bipartisan robes. >> i'll endeavor to find those good men and women on both sides of the aisle who care more about the country than they do about politics. >> i want all parties to work together. and we're not democrats and republicans first, we're americans first. >> reporter: and as a sign of just how close the obama campaign thinks this could be, the president today appeared in new hampshire, which has only four electoral votes. he was joined by bill clinton, who mocked romney's pitch. >> don't pay too much attention to what our solutions are, just be disappointed in it. look at me, i look like a president. and i talk like one. and i'm telling you it's all going to be all right if you elect me. >> reporter: the president wistfully told his supporters the campaign is no longer about him or his team. >> we're no longer relevant now. we're props
ABC
Nov 6, 2012 1:40am PST
florida. steady rain, southeast. heavy thunderstorms. along coastal new england, northeast mid-atlantic coast. some coastal flooding especially at high tide. england snow. strong gusty winds. rob and paula, back to you. >> definitely not what a lot of folks out here want to hear. >>> adding insult to injury, more steps forward in the recovery from sandy. world trade center memorial site reopened. damage from the storm taken care of. >> the federal government is making millions available to those who lost their homes. and usda sending food to the hard hit region. >>> and we're wrapping up our day of giving and disney and the results have been widely successful. with the help of the viewers, we've raised more than $12 million for sandy relief. >> great. $3 million match from samsung. of course, all the money going to the reds who who's done so much to help out. thank you to everyone that took time. we have . >>> coming up, we have much more coverage of this very important day in america. >> next up, the tables turn. more reports of voter intimidation at the polls. this time targe
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Nov 4, 2012 8:00am PST
, governor romney's campaign was saying we're going to win florida and virginia. on monday, the day before the election, governor romney is going to florida and virginia, why, because he's at great risk to lose those states. we're playing offense on states they thought they had the inside track on and they don't. i think a lot of this is a smoke screen to try and mask the fact in the places that will play a factor, it's going to be close. but they're definitely in a weak position heading into election day. >> so, is there anything that worries you in these final 48 hours? >> sure, george. listen, four years ago, when this time two days out, everybody felt we were sailing to victory. we were very concerned. because support levels don't mean anything if they don't materialize into votes. the president and first lady, former president clinton is going to be with us in new hampshire. but this really comes down to our amazing volunteers. our staff out in the field who have to make sure the people who support the president exercise their right to vote. that's our biggest task right now from a po
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Nov 5, 2012 4:00am PST
the day there when he could be in other states, states like florida. >> i don't think a republican has taken pennsylvania since 1988. but why does the campaign think that they're going to win tomorrow? why does romney's campaign think they're going to win that? >> well, paula, they think they are riding a wave of momentum. they see president obama vulnerable with national polls showing him below 50%. they think there's enormous enthusiasm among republican supporters and their support, their lead among independent voters would be enough to carry them the day and get them to victory tomorrow. >> it should be fascinating how it all turns out. tahman bradley live in beantown, thanks a lot. >>> on top of that there's an early election in florida. there was chaos and confusion at some polling places. people at one crowded voting location chanting "let us vote" as they briefly shut the doors. some people waited in line for more than six hours. >> and abc news is covering every last step of the campaign. we'll have all the election returns tomorrow night, live from times square. even if there
ABC
Nov 5, 2012 4:30am PST
the winner the last 12 presidential elections. yesterday the president was in florida, mitt romney was in pennsylvania. >> if there is anyone who wonders whether better jobs or paychecks are a thing of the past i have a clear and unequivocal message. with the right leadership, america is about to come roaring back. >> the president: it is a choice between a return to the top down policies that crashed our economy or the strong, growing middle class-based policies that getting us out of a crisis. >> reporter: the race is as close as it gets, poll shows president obama with a one point lead over mitt romney, another poll shows the two in a dead heat with 48% each. after ohio president obama travels to wisconsin and iowa. romney holding events in florida, virginia and new hampshire. >> we'll be working around the clock to bring you up to the minute election results tomorrow. at 3 p.m. join us for a special edition of abc7 news including live reports from the obama and romney campaign headquarters. 3:30 world news, followed by live election coverage at 4 p.m., 8:00 more bay area result
ABC
Nov 5, 2012 7:00am PST
. look at that right there. even if he wins nevada and colorado and north carolina, virginia, florida, new hampshire. he can't get there. >> that's the difficulty that the romney campaign is faced with, that mitt romney is faced with. the path of winning this electoral college is so tight, it's almost as if he has to draw an inside straight tomorrow in what's going to happen in the race. and he has to, in my view, if you take a look at ohio, florida and virginia, mitt romney basically has to go 3 for 3 in those states in order to win this race. >> right. the only way he can get around that, somehow if he wins, all his path in winning, virginia, north carolina and florida. let's say he doesn't get ohio but wins wisconsin. then he's got to run the table. nevada, and ohio. >> the long ball is pennsylvania. if they can get pen, it changes the maps entirely. but having been through this before, the day before an election, the interesting thing, both sides are convinced they're going to win. both sides. both candidates and both sides. >> do you still believe that? >> i still believe they're
ABC
Nov 27, 2012 7:00am PST
backed from his threat to derail rice's nomination. >>> and dramatic video in florida. a fisherman spotted in the water. you can see here, clinging to a cooler. he had been holding on for some seven hours without a life jacket, after a large wave took out his boat. his brother was also thrown overboard. thankfully, he was able to swim to shore and get help. both brothers, good news here, recovering this morning. >>> and a frightening scene high over sydney australia. a construction crane caught fire and forced police to evacuate thousands of people from nearby buildings. and it's a good thing they did because the crane's massive arm eventually collapses, use can see here, on to the roof. the company that owns the crane you see, also owns the one that collapsed here in new york, during hurricane sandy. >>> and finally, we have been told not to cry over spilt milk. wasn't the case here, though. farmers upset that milk prices have gotten so low, they got the world's attention by spraying down riot police outside the european parliament in brussels belgium. the officers' tear gas no ma
ABC
Oct 31, 2012 6:00pm PDT
and to make it happen. >> romney was joined by former are florida governor jeb bush who downplayed the president's role in responding to the storm. >> my experience in this emergency response business is that it is the low he cal level and state level that really matters. >> for the romney campaign, a delicate balancing act. travel both president today is new jersey governor chris christie, one of romneys staunchest supporters and there he was traveling with the president. >> i think this is our sixth conversation since the weekend and it has been a great working relationship. >> reporter: as president obama picks up points for his response to the storm, the romney campaign is attempting to expand the battleground, buying ads in michigan, minnesota and pennsylvania. >> we are on offense. >> the president's top advisors calling it foementum saying if romney were really competing in pennsylvania he would be in pennsylvania instead of florida. we asked san jose state political scientist melinda jackson to sort it out. >> i tend to trust the data and the polls are showing that obama se
ABC
Nov 4, 2012 11:00pm PST
for votes continues in florida, chaos for those trying to cast their ballot. so many voters showed up to a miami polling center it overwhelmed those. tens of millions voted early nationwide. so now only one full day of campaigning left to win over the undecided voters. romney makes five stops starting in florida and the president makes three stops and then heads home. abc news, washington. >> stay with abc7 news for complete election results. get realtime results on abc7news.com the moment the polls close. and we will have live updates at facebook.com/abc7 news and twitter at abc7 news bay area. >>> an argument over the word suspended and ineligible is lighting up the race for oakland city attorney. oakland city council woman and attorney jane bruener says she will sue over a campaign mailer from barbara parker. the mailer claims bruener was suspended from practicing law. >> there was a short period when i was running for city council in 1995 that i was not practicing law and i did not -- i was not active, but i was thought suspend ised. >> people can look it up that she was ineligibl
ABC
Nov 5, 2012 6:00am PST
is holding events in florida, virginia and new hampshire all in addition to the battleground state of ohio. president obama and mitt romney will both be in columbus, today. the state has chosen the winner the last 12 presidential elections. yesterday the president was in florida, romney was in pennsylvania. >> if there is anyone who wonders whether better jobs and paychecks are a thing of the past. i have a clear and unequivocal message, with the right leadership america is about to come roaring back. >> the president: it is a choice between a return to the top down policies that crashed our economy or the strong growing middle class-based policies that are getting us out of a crisis. >> reporter: the race is as close as it gets. newest poll shows president obama with just a one point lead over mitt romney. a poll from politico shows the two in a dead heat with 48% each. at least 30 million people have already voted in 34 states, in person or by mail, no votes will be counted until tomorrow. >> stay with abc7 news for complete election results tomorrow, we will be live throughout the eveni
ABC
Nov 6, 2012 6:00am PST
: for mitt romney, frenetic push to the finish starting in florida monday, virginia, ohio and new hampshire nearing midnight. >> perhaps some of your family and friends have not made up their mind who they are going to vote for. ask them to look beyond the speeches and the ads and the attacks. because talk is cheap. ask them to look at the record. >> reporter: president obama spends election day here in chicago with his family. he has no public events, he will be addressing his supporters here at the lakeside center either later tonight or perhaps early tomorrow morning, win or lose. >> ohio is the state everybody is watching, the vote there could be close and it could be complicated. what is up with that? >> reporter: that's right we are talking about those provisional votes given to those who perhaps registered for an absentee ballot then show up at the polls or maybe people who show up but don't have the proper identification those votes aren't counted until 10 days after election day. if it comes down to those, ohio, it could be a long wait. >> t.j. winick, live in chicago, thank you. s
ABC
Nov 6, 2012 7:00am PST
to sweep the whole east coast, doesn't he, at the beginning of the night? florida, north carolina and new hampshire, as well? >> yeah, he's got to sweep all the states that touch the atlantic ocean really to have a chance in this race. and i think virginia will tell us a lot. it's going to tell us if this night ended early for mitt romney or if we're in for a long night. virginia will tell us that. >> that's right, but if he wins, he still has to do well in the midwest. win either ohio or wisconsin. if we give that to president obama, where he's ahead. he is just five votes short of the 270 electoral votes he needs. all that leaves is nevada, colorado or iowa. the president ahead or tied in all three of the states. >> that's the situation that mitt romney is in. it is, he's in a very narrow path to the electoral college victory. and exactly as you laid it out. it's as if he has to draw an inside straight in this campaign in order to win tonight. he has to do all those things and the path is still narrow to win this. >> matthew dowd, we'll see you tonight. >> all right, gentlemen. >>> and
ABC
Nov 27, 2012 5:30pm PST
to be the safest bet with 38 winners from that state alone. missouri follows with 26. florida, which sells the most tickets, has seen four winners in just the past three years. >> this big money tonight -- >> reporter: when jackpots soar so do sales. the states are all winners here raking in $60 billion just last year. so where does that money go when you buy that $2 powerball ticket? $1 goes to pay out the cash prizes. the other is kept by your state. it covers the cost and funds programs like health care and education. in florida, more than a billion dollars a year goes to statewide education. in pennsylvania last year, more than a billion dollars went to assist seniors. here's how it works in new jersey. >> so it goes throughout the state into all areas, whether it's in prizes or in revenues through the treasury or into hospitals and centers for the developmentally disabled. >> more goods news for states looking for a boost to their budget. amy robach, abc news, new york. >>> and still ahead here on "world news," the clues in your mirror. what your ears, your hands and more are telling you about
ABC
Nov 7, 2012 12:00am PST
in florida, ballots are still being counted and could probably continue to be counted for a while. the state is too close to call not that it matters. >> few hundred votes separated it. really insane. the popular vote we said incredibly close. president obama, passed mitt romney by a sliver in the nation's popular vote. >> now we don't have final numbers as west coast states are counting ballots including mega state, california. >>> democrats have strengthened their control of the senate taking two seats away from the republicans. the races that changed hands are in the states of indiana and massachusetts. >>> and there is a wild card in maine, independent former governor angus king, elected to succeed retiring republican senator olympia snow. king has not yet said which party he will vote with. definitely you look at it in a nutshell -- obama is re-elected. majority in the house and senate remain. marijuana legalized in two states, colorado and washington. gay marriage is legalized in maryland and maine. >> look at everything you listed, plus you look at the big role, latino population, pla
ABC
Nov 4, 2012 7:00am PST
and it starts to form the nor'easter. you'll have rain showers from the carolinas on tuesday down into florida, then for your wednesday, it starts to move north. that's when the winds pick up in the northeast, 40 to 50-mile-per-hour winds, and then by thursday it really mixes in with some cold air, coastal new england gets the rain, back here in upstate new york, the poconos into the snow. how much and what to expect. here it is, 1 to 3 inches of rain, 6 to 12-foot waves and, of course that, inland snow. i'll have much more on your nation's weather coming up, but for now we'll head over to bianna. >> so many without power. not good news. thank you. >>> we'll turn to politics. we are in the final push before election day. it's "your voice, your vote," and with two full days of campaigning left, the race is going to the wire. the latest abc news/"washington post" tracking polls shows president obama and mitt romney deadlocked at 48% among likely voters. for mitt romney, it's a final chance to appeal to his base especially in the all-important swing state of ohio. abc's david muir is with the rom
ABC
Nov 1, 2012 7:00am PDT
sandy. jon karl is covering it all from the battleground in florida. and we have some new evidence that president obama's response to the superstorm has solidified his position. >> reporter: that's right, george. polls show a solid approval of the president's handling of the storm. and narrow leads in all of the battleground states. but this campaign is about to return with a vengeance. not only did president obama tour the storm damage with new jersey governor chris christie. he also seemed to make a new republican best friend. >> i cannot thank the president enough for his personal concern and compassion for our state and for the people of our state. >> reporter: the president returned the favor. >> i have to say that governor christie throughout this process has been responsive. he's been aggressive in making sure that the state got out in front of this incredible storm. >> reporter: cooperation on disaster relief works. it also plays well politically. in the latest abc news/"washington post" poll, 78% of likely voters said the president has done a good or excellent job handling
ABC
Nov 2, 2012 4:30am PDT
:43. live picture from florida happening at the kennedy space center that is the shuttle atlantis, on its final journey to retirement like endeavour was. right now the shuttle is on its 10-mile short journey from an industrial park to an area where this will be on display for a history for all to see. today's day-long trip includes stops along the way, public viewing and ceremony. it doesn't look like it is movinging from this angle, if it were -- moving from this angle. my guess is it is hard to tell because it is moving so slowly. [ unintelligible ] >>> today employees are due back at the bargaining table in san francisco. two sides have until midnight tomorrow to reach agreement or as many as 7,000 workers could go on strike. mediator met with the grocery chain and union leaders yesterday. if there is a strike, it would be the first in their 77 year history with >>> moraga school district says a student who was sexually abused in the 90s was careless and negligent and partially to blame. accusations made in first legal response to 30-year-old woman's lawsuit she and two others are suin
ABC
Nov 6, 2012 1:05am PST
in some florida voting lines over the weekend. >> also some legal issues in ohio that we'll be following today as well. >>> in other news, here in new york, sandy forced dozens of polling centers to shut down. governor cuomo cleared the way for voters affected by the storm to cast their ballots. portable voting booths turned up. and shuttle buses will be available to take voters to new polling locations if need be. some residents are not even sure they'll show up. >> we don't have electricity, any running water, any heat, so, although i am concerned about voting, i'm more concerned about surviving. >> understandable distraction there. election officials posting information for voters online, and many of those who need it most have no power and, therefore, no access to the information. it's good they made special provisions. they did that in joj. some people are going to fax and e-mail and the governor in new york clearing the way. if you still have no power. if you don't know where you are going to sleep. if you are freezing at night. can't imagine the election is your priority now. >> t
ABC
Nov 6, 2012 11:00am PST
and iowa. for mitt romney the path is longer. he would need to win florida, virginia also ohio and iowa. as you heard tahman bradley report, mitt romney keeping his campaign alive today, making stops in ohio and pennsylvania. romney says feels good about ohio, campaign watchers say that might show he knows that's a long shot. another state worth keeping an eye on is virginia. virginia is going to have some of the earliest returns. if president obama wins it, mitt romney has to win ohio or the race is over. the magic number 270 electoral votes. >> in san jose elections officials say so far things are going smoothly. hundreds of voters have been stopping by to cast their ballots all morning. you can stop by any time today until 8:00 tonight when polls in california close. elections official there is have set up a drive-thru drop-off for absentee ballots. one of the biggest battles in california is the governor's tax on education funding. >> reporter: he didn't just vote here he held one last pep rally for prop 30. which some are calling the most important decision on today's state ballot.
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Nov 28, 2012 1:40am PST
on the east coast today. sunny skies all the way done to florida. cooler along the gulf coast. milder than normal in the rockies. and that pacific storm also will bring rain to seattle and portland as well as heavy snow to the cascade. >> 40s in the pacific northwest and northeast. 60 in salt lake city. albuquerque. 80 in phoenix and miami. >>> well, a holiday tradition kicks off here in new york tonight with the lighting of the rockefeller center christmas tree. first time i have been here to see it. i'm excited. >> a must do. >> a different take on tradition in southern california where the world's tallest lego christmas tree has been lit. >> the tree is more than 30 feet tall and it is made out of about 245,000 green, dublo bricks. "criminal mind" actor thomas gibson was the guest who flipped the switch at the big tree lighting ceremony. very cool. >> wow. put up our tree the other day. half the strands were burned out. >> that always happens. everyone loves the process. >>> all right. coming up, a splashy career move for anna nicole smith's 6-year-old daughter. >> and late eric what wo
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Nov 29, 2012 1:40am PST
scattered showers and central and southern florida. >> just shy of 80 in miami. 40s in the northeast. and midwest. mostly 50s in the northern rockies and pacific northwest. >>> well, thanksgiving was only a week ago. i'm still craving pumpkin pie. may as well be ancient history by now. it's clearly the christmas holiday season now and that's why this is our "favorite story of the day." ooh, wow -- we were almost -- >> we are all right. it features the unique sand christmas tree that is being constructed there in west palm beach, florida. the 35-foot sculpture is made, get this, from 400 tons of sand. >> yes. >> it included some lights. they say it is the tallest sand tree ever built. they expect that it will be in place for a month. it cost $48,000. but the city says that is about the same cost as an 18-minute fireworks display on july 4th. >> all right. see that's what i like to see. not being in the south anymore. i miss a warm holiday season. it doesn't have to be cold to feel authentic. but i miss that, really. sunshine. dude is wearing shorts. what i'm talking about. >> i couldn
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Nov 4, 2012 4:00am PST
tuesday down into florida. for wednesday, it starts to move north. that's when the winds pick up in the northeast. and then by thursday, it really mixing with some cold air. coastal new england gets the rain. poconos getting into some of the know. how much and what to expect? here it is, one to three inches of rain. six to 12-foot waves. and that inland snow. >>> so many people still without power. all right, ginger, thank you. >>> we'll turn now to politics. we're in the final push before election day. your voice your vote. the latest abc news/washington post tracking poll. show president obama and mitt romney deadlocked at 48%. for mitt romney a final chance for him to appeal to his base especially in ohio. david muir is with the romney team in cleveland. good morning, david. >> reporter: good morning, bianna. 48 hours until election day. the battleground blitz continues for both campaigns. overnight, mitt romney in ohio. overnight in a crowd of front of 17,000, mitt romney in colorado. in an all-out sprint to the finish. >> thank you, colorado. >> in the last 48 hours, both ca
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Nov 2, 2012 6:00am PDT
's video from earlier this morning from the kennedy space center in florida. right now that shuttle is on its 10-mile journey going very slowly, two miles per hour from an industrial park to new public viewing area, built for the shuttle. today's day long trip includes stop along the way with public viewing and ceremony this trek will not include the narrow stop and go turns you saw with endeavour last month when it moved through the streets of los angeles. jut a little easier of a drive this morning. >> ipad mini goes on sale in less than 90 minutes here in the bay area crowds are smaller than appleo. products normally receive nancy pelosi a the line was five or six people -- in palo alto the line was five or six people. starting at $329. >> in japan hundreds of excited customers have their hands-on apple's latest gadget. the dozens the night outside the store to be among the first to check out the new mini. some wore festive attire. >> i don't know. >> goer the ages, 6:47. >>> we have a difference this morning, with our bloomberg report. new york stock exchange still having issues
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Nov 6, 2012 3:30pm PST
before dawn in virginia, braving lines, rain in florida, children in tow and even guys with surfboards and bare feet as in chicago a woman who went to the polls while in labor then went on to the hospital. >>> talk about the candidates in these last moments, the two men who have been racing to the finish line spent the day proving determination and stamina and abc's white house correspondent jake tapper starts us off in chicago where the president is with his family waiting for results. jake. >> reporter: good evening on this exciting night, diane. president obama and his campaign are gurding hem thfls for a long night and the president said this might spill into the morning but he fully expects by tomorrow he will be re-elected. it is out of his hands and in yours. >> my name is barack obama, you know, the president. >> reporter: at a chicago campaign field office president obama called volunteers in wisconsin to thank them for their hard work. >> hi, is this annie? hi, this is barack obama, how are you? [ laughter ] i'm doing -- you know -- i don't think she knows it's me. >> reporte
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Nov 8, 2012 1:40am PST
florida. miami will barely break 70. honolulu and phoenix in the mid 80s. the midwest is mainly in the 50s and 60s. but any time we mention honolulu it's got to be just torturous. so we'll just stop mentioning paradise. >> seething jealousy we have in the northeast. yeah. >>> well, president obama only took a little time to savor his big victory before shifting his focus to, of course, what lies ahead. >> as the first family returned to the white house, the so-called fiscal cliff it is looming, a mix of tax increases and spending cuts that could plunge the economy back into a recession. he needs to strike a deal with republicans to cut the deficit by the end of the year and there's already a hint of compromise. >> we want you to succeed. let's challenge ourselves to find the common ground that has eluded us, let's rise above the dysfunction and do the right thing together for our country. >> senate majority leader harry reid offered an olive branch of his own saying it is better to dance than to fight. are these the same guys we have heard over the last couple years? amazing how they flipp
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Nov 27, 2012 4:00am PST
.c. also, rain soaks highways in the carolinas, northern florida and much of the gulf coast. >> if you're flying, airport delays are possible for the northeast and new york, philadelphia and d.c., plus, in new orleans. >>> this holiday season, forget visions of sugarplums dancing in people's heads. right now, everyone seems to be dreaming of a fortune instead. >> that vision is winning wednesday night's record powerball jackpot, worth at least $425 million. in 42 states and washington, d.c., people are lining up for their chance at almost $500 million. at 2 bucks a ticket, they figure, why not? >> we call it the red neck retirement fund. sooner or later, someone's going to get it. >> reporter: you have to be in it to win it. but the $2 ticket has a 1 in 175 million chance of winning the jackpot numbers. the prize has grown so large because no one has hit the prize for 16-straight draws. as the fortune grow, so do the lines. this morning, georgia lottery officials are apologizing to powerball players who faced slow machines. >> they need to hurry and get the system up. >> reporter: some
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Nov 4, 2012 9:00am PST
in florida. voters there faced long lines, some waiting hours to get into polling centers. and in response to super storm sandy, chris christie ordered county clerks to open their offices this weekend to allow the storm victim to vote. they are also allowing registered voters to do so electronically. >> the candidates will focus on the key swing states. it will be that way until the election. abc news, washington. >> president obama's senior advisor calls mitt romney's late push to try to win pennsylvania a, quote, desperate ploy. romney's campaign disputes that. on abc this week, david fluff says huey is confidence president obama has the electoral votes to win on tuesday. polls show romney trailing slightly in pennsylvania where he stepped up campaign ads. his running mate congressman paul ryan campaigned there yesterday. they call the late charge by the republicans a smoke screen. >> to win romney would have to wynn two-thirds, and he won't do that. the truth is they are throwing ads up and governor romney is traveling in the states he is not going to win. >> the fact is, george, the un
ABC
Nov 2, 2012 1:40am PDT
oliver of our station in ft. myers, florida, has her story. >> reporter: within the ordinary comes the unexpected. >> amazing person, 99 years old, still has her right mind. >> reporter: hello. >> hello. >> reporter: here to see miss rosie. >> yes, come right in. come right in. >> reporter: never far from her bible, in her favorite chair, ballot in hand. >> trust in the lord to let me go on. >> reporter: ruthie lewis' life spanned 24 presidential elections. this is the time she's voted in one. >> she completely understands what she just did. my grandmother never forgets anything. >> i said tell me when and where because i will be there. >> reporter: family friend gerry ware registered her inspired by barack obama's election four years ago. >> i said i'm going if the lord spare my life this time, and i made it up in my mind to vote. >> reporter: miss rosie has lived through major turning points in american history. she was just a child when the 19th amendment gave women the right to vote. she was well into her 50s by the time jim crow laws were abolished, giving her the chance to do
ABC
Nov 27, 2012 1:40am PST
. >>> a south florida boater is counting his blessings -- that's for sure -- after an accident at sae. rescuers say he was hanging on to the lid from his cooler to stay afloat for seven long hours. see, that's why i always advocate taking a cooler no matter where you go. >> filled with what? >> sunny delight, purple drink. >> grapefruit juice. >> exactly. >> maybe not. >>> also later this half hour, a look inside the unforgettable raid on osama bin laden's compound through the eyes of an american woman who is a hero. >> you've all heard about the navy s.e.a.l. team 6 now. another unsung hero getting her just due, very cool. >> seeing the me previews for the movie when i want to see argo, ooh, ooh, want to see that. >> looks good. >>> but first, the fed slams the brakes on the largest organic peanut butter processor in the country as the company was about to reopen today. >> that's right. the fda crackdown prevents sunland from producing or distributing any food after dozens of people fell ill. abc's brandi hitt has the story. >> reporter: fda inspectors shut down the sunland company's processin
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